Mini Me///City Gym Shorts

Sharing my first summer make and it’s a pair of adorable rainbow shorts for my daughter. Last year I saw these shorts from Hanna Andersson and went on a search for fabric that would give me the same look. I thought this Michael Miller Fabric was pretty perfect, I bought it from Thimbleanna on Etsy but I don’t think she carries it anymore. I’ve linked to fabric.com instead.

I used the free City Gym shorts from Purl Soho to make these shorts and I love how they turned out. I sewed up the size 10 and used some yellow cotton quilting in my stash for the bias binding and waistband.

This pattern has been around awhile and I can see why it’s a lot of people’s go to comfy shorts pattern. I think I may use it for some fun jammies later this summer.

Harper loves them as rainbows and yellow are her favorite! I still have a little bit of this fabric leftover and will have to think of something fun to make with it.

Mini Me/// Burda 9304

Today I have a quick, cute little dress to share with you. I like putting these here, even if there’s not a ton to say about them!, in case you find yourself looking for kids’ clothes to make. I hope you enjoy!

This is a classic little girls sundress, Burda Kids 9304, and it comes in US sizes 6-11. I chose version A with a fully lined bodice, gathered skirt, patch pockets, and ties for straps. I’ve had this pink gingham in my stash for years and was happy to use it up for this breezy summer dress for my daughter. I bought some yellow buttons (her favorite color!) to add a fun detail and sewed up the size 11 pretty quickly.

It’s not warm enough to wear this out yet (hence the no pictures!) but soon I hope to get a picture with her and her brothers. I made them little bow ties out of the scraps!

I did have an issue with the button hole foot on my machine so I ended up just closing the skirt together and sewing the buttons on top for decoration. It works out fine, I’m not sure what was going on but I’ve made buttons on another project and it worked again.

Happy to have this fabric out of my stash and my daughter is very happy with her pretty new dress!

Mini Me/// Burda 9356

Today I have a fun little project to share with you! I saved my leftover fabric pieces from this project and whipped up something for my daughter. I had a lot of fun with this and loved using every last bit of fabric that I had. Just so you know, I’ll be showing pictures of the garment and not her in because we’ve been having a lot of talks lately about putting pictures on the internet and she didn’t want to be photographed. I know that’s tricky when this is a sewing blog and fit is a big part of that, but you will have to trust me that she looks adorable in it!

I sewed up Burda Kids 9356 out of this corduroy in the size 11. This is a classic pattern with an option to also just be a skirt and it has US sizes 6- 14 in the envelope.

I knew it would probably be something she wore more in the fall than now so I sized up. She is also fairly tall so I like that this is plenty long enough and she feels comfortable wearing it as an every day piece.

This pattern came together very quickly. The instructions are clear and the drafting and finishings are great. The two bib pieces are fully lined and the waistband of the skirt allows for a really clean finish on the inside. I also appreciated the construction of the pockets. There is one piece that fits under the front of the skirt and it makes the pockets lie flat and keep any bulk or weird bumps happening.

The shirt I just traced off from a t-shirt she had in her closet. I didn’t have enough fabric to make it long sleeve, so it’s about three quarter with a thick cuff. This fabric is really comfortable and she (and I!) love the colors so I know she will wear it a lot.

A fun project and she loves it! Used up some scraps and also now we have matching outfits- winning all around.

January Refashion///Pjs into Pjs

I want to try and refashion a garment once a month. To refashion is to take something, maybe you thrift it, maybe it’s already in your closet, and turn it (refashion it!) into something you love and want to wear non stop.

I love thrift flips, and that was what I first thought this series would be, but after cleaning out my closet last year, I came up with a pile of clothes that I thought would be great, if only refashioned into something else.

I’m starting with a very simple refashion. I’m taking old pajama pants from Chris and me and very creatively turning them into… new pajama pants for our daughter and son!

The pink pants are old Gap pjs that I’ve had at least since college. I rarely wore them, I think because the elastic is so skinny. They just never fit great or felt very comfortable, but I never got rid of them because the fabric is great. I love the colors and it’s a great weight to sleep in. Soft but not too hot!

These pants of my husband’s are so old, so so old, and I stole them from him in college and wore them to death. Literally the side seams are falling a part and this is probably the only reason I don’t wear them anymore. But the fabric is great and I knew it would make Chris smile to see our son wearing them.

Maybe not the most exciting of the refashions, but I wanted to go ahead and post them because you can refashion basics too! Sizing these down means I’ve stretched the life out of these pants just a little bit longer and that’s always a good thing.

Before you throw something out, give it a second look to see if it could become something useful for someone else!

Mini Me Sewing

I had so much fun sewing for my kids last year that I’ve decided to try and make it a monthly thing. Seeing how fast they are growing, I don’t think this will be an issue!

This month I made my daughter a comfy tie dye sweatsuit. I used the Hudson Minis (I’ve made these now multiple times for all the kids, my husband, and for all of our Christmas pajamas!) for the bottoms and sewed a straight size 10.

The top is a Sloane Sweater from Love Notions in the size 10 with the kangaroo pockets and hoodie options added to version B in a straight size 10. I think this is a little roomy on her, but for a sweatshirt I think that’s fine and she can get more wear out of it.

This fabric is a Telio Rayon Blend French Terry from Fabric.com and it is lightweight but very soft and cozy. I love that the tie dye is a little more subtle (wait until you see my make tomorrow! Tie dye galore!) and she loves the color.

This make took me a couple of hours this weekend and the second it was off the sewing machine she had it on and only took it off when I forced her to bathe! I would call that a success.

I will absolutely keep making these patterns and highly recommend for comfy, functional kids’ clothes that have a lot of options for making different versions.

Thrifting for Kids

A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days going through all three kids’ clothes. I feel like they are all growing so fast and sometimes it’s hard to keep up! After clearing out and making sure what they had fit, was in season, and was stuff they would actually wear, I had two big bags full to take to donate as well as a clear idea of gaps in their wardrobes.

So yesterday I took the clothes to donate and decided to walk through the Goodwill and see if there were any treasures to be found. Sam was with me and he gave me about 45 minutes, which was just enough to go through all the children’s clothing. I came out with some great basics and layering pieces for the twins and a couple of cute tops for Sam (check out that button down with pearl snaps in the photo above!)

If you want to see everything I got, I filmed a haul here, but really I wanted to post and encourage you to shop second hand for children’s clothing. It’s really easy to find high quality clothes that are in great shape for great prices. Thinking how fast kids grow, buying second hand when you can is a wonderful sustainable option.

I recommend going knowing sizes and needs so you can quickly go through the racks. My Goodwill was really well organized by size, garment type, and color so it was easy to stick to winter gear in colors my kids like!

Do you thrift your kids’ clothes or have a good secondhand source? In Dallas I had a group of twin moms that held annual sales that were amazing. I also had a group of friends with kids stair stepped in such a way that we were always rotating clothes. Facebook marketplace is a great place to source clothes and I have also had really good luck with Thred Up. Let me know if you have any good online sources for reselling/buying children’s clothing. And look up ‘children’s consignment’ in your area. You can probably make a little money and manage to find great clothing!

Kid’s Fall Module Part Three Finished!

I am finally at the end of my month long sewing of kids’ clothes! All three children now have great pieces to mix and match with stuff they already have and practical things to layer up as the weather is turning cooler.

Today I have my daughter’s module to share with you! Just for a brief recap, a module includes one topper, two pants, and three tops. The idea is everything can be worn together and also works with what’s already in her closet. You can see my two year old’s module here and my older son’s here.

For my daughter’s topper, this is one you’ve already seen! It’s the Navigator pullover by Love Notions patterns. I have an entire post about this (read it here) but this has proven to be such a useful layering piece in her wardrobe already. We’ve had cooler mornings and warmer days and this is just the perfect weight. I used this sweatshirt fleece and it’s yellow, her favorite color!, for house Hufflepuff!

For her bottoms, I realized she really had a hole in her wardrobe when it came to pants that aren’t jeans. So I decided to make her a pair of denim leggings and two pairs of joggers.

Those leggings are from this issue of Ottobre magazine. I know it’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a pleating detail on the knee that elevates these a bit and I hope will also make them last a little longer. This stretch denim was in my stash and I had the perfect amount for these leggings!

The mint joggers are another Ottobre magazine pattern and this fabric is a soft knit from Art Gallery. I love the color and she loves how soft they are, but they are a little thin. These will work more as leggings but the legs are pretty narrow so I think that will be fine!

The mustard yellow joggers are the True Bias mini Hudsons and I made them out of this gorgeous knit. These are definitely thicker and will be able to be worn on cooler days and it would be easy to fit long johns underneath if she wanted an added layer for warmth!

And finally, we have her tops! I love how all of these came out and how great all the colors in this whole module work together. All three are from Ottobre (I put that subscription to good use this month!) and all sewed up really quickly.

That owl fabric is from Art Gallery and I had some leftover from a failed project. I was so happy to use it and love the light pink rib knit with it.

The tunic is another Art Gallery (their knits are just so lovely to work with!) and I liked using that mustard yellow for some contrast.

This periwinkle sweat shirting is so soft and this oversized sweatshirt will get a lot of wear. I made the top of the size range, I think it was an Ottobre 123?, and I wish I could have gone higher. I may be on the hunt for an indie version of this pattern or try and draft it up. I can see her wanting to wear more of these!

And there we go! The final kid’s fall module is done! I have loved working on these. I know that my sewing skills have gotten better, I’m a whiz at pants now!, and most of these did not take much time so it was really gratifying to be able to finish a garment in one session.

I’m ready to get back to me though! I will be back Saturday with some workout gear I’ve been sewing up and a great discount code so you can get sewing some for yourself!

Kids Fall Module Part Two Finished!

Today I have my 9 year old son’s fall sewing module to share with you! To briefly recap, I am sewing fall modules for each of my children (you can see the two year old’s here!) and I’m basing this off an idea I got from Whitney over at TomKat Stitchery. Basically the idea is that you build a module with one topper, two bottoms, and three tops. Everything works together and can easily be built on as you add more to your wardrobe. I love it especially for planning kids’ makes and am already finding that the clothes Im making with this concept are getting worn over and over again.

For my son’s topper I made him a Samson Sweater in the same sweat shirting fabric and faux leather that I made for his little brother. I forgot to add the elbow patches on this one, but it is really cozy and a great piece to throw on top of his t-shirts in the cooler mornings.

This is a straight size 10 with no modifications and it fits him really well!

The first bottoms I made him are another item to match baby brother (how long do you think I have til they get tired of that?) These are a really basic pull on, elastic waist pant from an issue of Ottobre magazine. Super simple to sew up, although a little skinnier in the leg than I had envisioned. This is a great twill and would look great for church pants… if we had church to go to!

Next are the Thomas Track Pants from Love Notions and I love this pattern. I have plans to make him some more! There are two versions, one with the color blocking I did here as well as a plain fabric one. There are also options for piping and zippers at the legs.

This is a straight size 10 and I will be adding some length to the next pair. This fabric is a thinner athletic mesh which is great for the weather right now and really comfortable for lounging around the house, but I will be looking for a thicker, warmer fabric for the next version of these.

The last in the matching makes, this is the Oliver+S buttoned up button down. Again this is a straight size 10 and this fabric is some from Indie Sew that I’ve had in my stash for years. I’m so happy I found the perfect pattern to sew it up in!

This pattern is really well drafted, has great details, and the instructions were fantastic. I enjoyed making this shirt so much and I feel like it really upped my sewing game. I can’t wait to sew more shirts!

Besides pants, the other item really missing from my son’s fall wardrobe were long sleeve t-shirts. I sewed up this super basic one from an Ottobre issue (there are a lot of other great tshirt patterns out there, I don’t know that I would go recommending this above them?) and added a snake appliqué. I don’t love the neckline on this, but when my son tried it on so I could adjust it (it feels too high and the band is too narrow) he wouldn’t take it off he loved it so much. So I won’t bother fixing it and will just look for another pattern in the future! This fabric is a soft double brush poly and the snake is made from scraps I had around the sewing room.

Finally, possibly my favorite item in the bunch, I have the Navigator pullover from Love Notions patterns. I hope to have a review up of this tomorrow but let me spoil it now by saying that I adore this pattern. I’ve actually bought the women’s and men’s version so I can make more for the whole family!

This fabric is a super soft sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee that is the perfect weight for a pullover. I added the zipper and pocket lining in white (same fabric as his t-shirt above) for a fun contrast

I am so happy with how this module turned out! I love all the pieces and they are all so wearable. I was feeling in a bit of a sewing rut and I have to say that after making all these clothes for my children, I have so many ideas and so much inspiration for things I want to make next. It’s a great feeling to spend time, money, and creative energy on something like this and have it build on itself to form more ideas and plans!

Kid’s Fall Module Part One Finished!

Monday I shared my plans for Sam’s fall module and today I have the finished pieces to show you!

For the ‘topper’ in this module I made a Samson Sweater by Love Notions. I made the size 2T from this sweatshirt fleece I bought earlier this year. I added some faux leather details and after a struggle with the neckband and cuffs (due to the stretch of the fabric, not the pattern itself!) I found a dark navy double knit that worked pretty well. I plan on making Charlie a matching sweatshirt! This fabric is really warm and this is a great layer to throw on when it’s not quite necessary to have a big coat but I want the little guy to stay warm.

The next two shirts also happen to be Samson Sweaters, but only because this pattern was so cute and simple to sew up! I love the fit of it. This blue and white stripe is a lighter weight french terry and I thought it would look great in version B with the longer hem line and hoodie attached.

This grey and yellow cozy sweatshirt was a perfect match for this sweatshirt- I literally had just enough fabric to cut it out and was able to use some scrap yellow sweat shirting for the contrast bands and pocket.

I want to make Sam and Charlie matching button down shirts and I love how this one from an Ottobre pattern turned out! This fabric is really soft and I was able to repurpose some buttons from an old shirt of Chris’. Shirts take a little longer to make than a sweatshirt, but I sewed this up in a nap time and even with the limited Ottobre instructions, it was fairly simple.

I only made Sam one pair of pants, he just didn’t really need two right now!, and I used another Ottobre pattern that had a knit waist band and cuffs to make these little cozy khaki pants.

Sewing up these little clothes was so much fun, I think I squealed after every make, they’re just so cute. Sam has already worn a lot of these and I love having warm layers to pull out every day. All of these pieces work well with most of the other things in his closet so it makes getting dressed every day really easy!

Next week I’ll be starting on my 9 year old son’s fall module, follow along to see how it goes!

Kid’s Fall Module Part One

I’m starting my month of sewing kids’ clothes with the youngest- my two year old son! I will be making him one pair of pants, 3 shirts, and one cozy sweatshirt. I’m hoping to have these all finished and photographed by Friday, so stay tuned! In the mean time I’ve linked fabric and the patterns I’m thinking I will use below.

This Samson Sweater from Love Notions is adorable and will be the ‘topper’ of this module as he can wear it layered over other things for a good part of the fall. I’m hoping to make brother a matching one out of this Sweatshirting complete with faux leather patches.

This adorable Bicycle Sweatshirt Fleece is going to be made up as a sweatshirt and this soft French Terry will be a long sleeve shirt with white ribbing from my stash.

I have some really cute green plaid that I’m hoping to sew up into a Buttoned-up Button-down shirt from Oliver and S Patterns. I think it will be adorable paired with these pants from the Spring 2017 issue of Ottobre. I bought this twill to give it a classic khaki pants look.

Sam doesn’t need too much so I think these cozy pieces will be nice additions to his fall wardrobe!